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  • Qualification

    PGCE - Postgraduate Certificate of Education

  • Location

    Manchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    13-SEP-21

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

OVERVIEW

Our one-year Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) prepares you to teach the secondary school biology curriculum.

You will learn how to teach all three sciences to GCSE level and your specialism, Biology, Chemistry or Physics, up to AS/A level.

You’ll explore various teaching methods in our laboratories, which mirror school science classrooms. You’ll consider how to plan lessons and manage activities. You'll learn how to reflect on your developing practice and how research can improve this.

Some of the topics you’ll explore include behaviour management, mental health and emotional wellbeing, teacher persona, and non-verbal communication (such as body language). And, you’ll conduct some of the experiments you might use on your placements such as exploring the properties of electromagnets, extracting DNA from kiwi fruit, and investigating the reactions of alkaline metals.

You’ll also have guest sessions with alumni and experts from a variety of organisations. Past sessions include speakers from the National Space Centre, Royal Society of Chemistry, and Science and Plants for Schools (SAPS).

You won’t only learn teaching methods with us on campus though, you’ll spend at least 120 days on placements in a variety of schools, gradually increasing your involvement to become an expert practitioner.

This PGCE is available via University led and School Direct PGCE routes.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Most of our graduates go on to work as science teachers in secondary schools.

The PGCE programme provides you with 60 masters' level credits when you graduate. You could put these towards a masters degree to help you develop your career in the field of education including our new MTeach masters specifically designed for Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs).

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 17,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University

  • University League Table

    56th

  • Campus address

    Manchester Metropolitan University, All Saints Building, All Saints, Manchester, Manchester, M15 6BH, England

The university welcomes a diverse international student population of over 3,000 students from more than 130 countries around the world.
Each year a range of welcome events are organised to help new students settle into university, explore the city and prepare for academic studies.
English courses can help to build language confidence and knowledge of UK culture. Students can study at the university's British Council accredited centre.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    73rd out of 100 8

    31st out of 84 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 240
    121 55%

    50th

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64.0 64%

    73rd

    6
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.04 81%

    54th

    27
  • Entry standards

    / Max 201
    130 63%

    25th

    5
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    62.0 62%

    48th

    12
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.08 82%

    43rd

    9

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